Financial Resources

If you hit some unexpected financial roadblocks while attending SPSCC, there are many resources available to help you stay on track to finish your education.

Education-related Expenses

Get support to help pay for expenses that come with a college education. Getting connected with Financial Aid is the best first step to finding help with costs like tuition, fees, books, uniforms, and tools.

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid and completing your FAFSA or WAFSA are the keys to getting help paying for tuition, fees, and other direct education costs. (If you’re not familiar, the FAFSA is the application for federal student aid, the WASFA is the application for state student aid for individuals who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA.)

After our Financial Aid team receives your FAFSA or WASFA and financial aid application, they will work with you to identify all of the financial awards, grants, and loans you are eligible for, including eligibility for Work Study employment.

Washington College Grant

The Washington College Grant (WCG) provides state-guaranteed college funding to all eligible Washington residents, primarily low- and middle-income students. WCG replaced the State Need Grant and guarantees that, if you qualify, you’ll get your full WCG award, no matter what quarter you intend to start in. Like all other Financial Aid opportunities, the first step toward determining your WCG eligibility is completing the FAFSA or WASFA.

CARES Act Funds for Coronavirus Relief

In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This Act allows SPSCC to provide direct emergency grants to students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to supporting unexpected coronavirus-related expenses like food and housing, these funds can support direct education expenses such as tuition, books, and essential technology (such as laptops). 

If you are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the outbreak, contact your Educational Planner or Financial Aid Advisor via Compass to request CARES Act funds.

SPSCC Dashboard: COVID-19 Student Needs

Scholarships

Scholarships are grants to support education that are most often based on need, academic achievement, or other criteria set by the organization granting the scholarship. The SPSCC Foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year to SPSCC students.

Many outside organizations also offer scholarships that can be used to attend SPSCC. These scholarships are independently managed so deadlines and amounts vary—tools such as iGrad Scholarship Search can help you find the best application opportunities for you.

Additionally, students who are working towards their transfer degree at SPSCC and plan to transfer to a 4-year university should connect with their transfer school about eligibility for Transfer Scholarships.

Student Success Grants

In addition to scholarships, the SPSCC Foundation offers grants for tuition, books, tools, and other equipment necessary for academic programs. Currently enrolled students can apply for Foundation grants online.

Veterans & Workforce Funding

SPSCC is an approved institution to provide education and training benefits to veterans. Our Veterans Office helps guide qualifying students through their veteran and military education and training benefits.

Many students may also be eligible for special Workforce Transitions funding targeted at those who may have been recently unemployed or discharged from the military, students receiving benefits such as TANF or federal food benefits, and students living in poverty. If you think you may qualify, take this Eligibility Survey or talk with your Financial Aid advisor.

Non-Education Expenses

Many SPSCC students balance education with work, families, and lives outside of school that occasionally hit financial road bumps that threaten to derail your educational journey. SPSCC wants you to stay on track to graduate so offers several special financial resources for our students.

CARES Act Funds for Coronavirus Relief

In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This Act allows SPSCC to provide direct emergency grants to students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to supporting unexpected coronavirus-related expenses like food and housing, these funds can support direct education expenses such as tuition, books, and essential technology (such as laptops).

If you are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the outbreak, contact your Educational Planner or Financial Aid Advisor via Compass to request CARES Act funds.

SPSCC Dashboard: COVID-19 Student Needs

Student Success Grants

In addition to scholarships, the SPSCC Foundation offers grants for tuition, books, tools, and other equipment necessary for academic programs. Currently enrolled students can apply for Foundation grants online.

Housing & Food Assistance

In addition to the on-campus SPSCC Food Pantry, current students who are homeless and need temporary access to housing and food are eligible to apply for Basic Needs Assistance through the online application.